Decision makers to debate climate threats in Southeast Asia

31 October, 2013 by (comments)

Leading decision makers and researchers from Southeast Asia will meet in Vietnam to debate how future climate, environmental, political and socio-economic factors could impact food security across the region. Experts will gather at the workshop from November 5-7, in Halong City, Vietnam, entitled: “Scenarios for Future Food Security, Environments and Livelihoods in Southeast Asia.” Currently targeting Cambodia, Lao and Vietnam, theRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

On Africa’s farms, history doesn’t have to repeat itself

29 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Rolf Sommer This post is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog month-long focus on Restoring soils and landscapes. Rolf Sommer is participating in Global Soil Week October 27-31, 2013. For farmers in North America, Europe and parts of Asia, growing enough food has never been a problem thanks to a centuries-oldRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils, Soils website

Redressing the land degradation scar through restoration

23 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Paul Vlek and Lulseged Tamene This blog originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 23 October 2013 and is part of the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog’s month-long series on Restoring Landscapes. Getting the basics right Considering the issues of land degradation and what might fit the CGIAR Research Program on Water,Read More …

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Filed Under: Soils, Soils website

A month on land: Restoring soils and landscapes

21 October, 2013 by (comments)

This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 18 October 2013. By Deborah Bossio Soil. It’s like the air we breathe – we can’t live without it. It provides our food, cleans our water, supports our ecosystems and livelihoods, and even gives us lifesaving medicines. But we aren’t doing enoughRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils, Soils website

Reuters Alertnet features a major advance in crop biofortification

16 October, 2013 by (comments)

It is especially fitting that on World Food Day, with its “sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition” theme, Reuters Alertnet has featured a CIAT blog post reporting a fourfold boost in the vitamin A content of cassava. The improved cassava could provide a solution to millions of Africans suffering from malnutrition related to vitamin A deficiency. ReadRead More …

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Fast-tracking nutrition: A magical discovery

8 October, 2013 by (comments)

Newly bred crop varieties that offer quadrupled vitamin A content could provide a lifesaving solution to millions in Africa suffering from malnutrition related to vitamin A deficiency. Globally, an estimated 250 million children are vitamin A deficient, according to the World Health Organization. Up to 500,000 will go blind every year – half of them will die within 12Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website, Regions